The Educator’s Guide to the “Blended Learning Lesson Plan”

Screen_Shot_2013-12-30_at_1.52.33_PMTeaching via a mix of educational technology and in-person instruction — a blended learning model — can help you enhance engagement and progress within the classroom. However, instituting “blended learning” simply for the sake of adding technology to the classroom does your students (and you) a disservice.

Just like any other lesson construct, clear and concise learning goals are an important key to progress and achievement, especially when new elements (such as educational technology) are brought into the classroom.

With these set goals in mind, lesson planning remains vitally important in the blended learning setting. But, what does a Blended Learning Lesson Plan look like?

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4 Response to Intervention (RTI) Strategies for the Math Classroom

Response to Intervention (RTI): If you’ve been in the classroom within the last ten years, there is a large chance that you’ve heard of (and utilized) this reinforcement and recovery measure.

rti_math_activitiesAfter first learning about RTI models, many educators (and myself) asked, “Is this just another complicated, drawn-out mandate by bureaucrats that never set foot in a classroom?”

However, after taking a closer look at the basis behind Response to Intervention models, you can quickly see the merit of a three tiered classroom system. RTI is based on valid research completed on teacher-proven methods for instructing and assessing all students (across the entire learning spectrum).

Read below to the break to learn about four quick strategies and activities you can use in your math classroom to optimize the “teacher-proven methods” of your RTI model to meet the unique learning needs of each and every student.

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Where Can I Find Smarter Balanced Practice Tests and Sample Items?

Smarter Balanced Assessment UpdateSo you’ve taken your first year of the Smarter Balanced online assessments and now you’re looking for places for your students to get more practice.

Don’t worry! Free Smarter Balanced examples, practice exams, and test samples exist and they are readily available. The best part is, you don’t even need to scour the Internet to find them!

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Where Can I Find PARCC Math Assessment Sample Items and Examples?

In today’s blog post, we wanted to take a quick look at the available PARCC online assessment practice and sample resources.

Screen_Shot_2013-11-18_at_9.49.44_AMThe Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of two state consortia developing Common Core-aligned assessments, has recently released updates to it’s “sample items” and “task prototypes”.

  • Looking for Smarter Balanced practice resource information instead? Be sure to check out last week’s blog post!

These free resources are designed to help both educators and students visualize and practice the basic scope and functionality of the mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) interactions prior to the 2014-2015 assessment deadline.

Read below the break to learn where you can find the free PARCC resources and what value they provide to teachers and students practicing for the online tests. Continue reading “Where Can I Find PARCC Math Assessment Sample Items and Examples?”